It takes part in an Erasmus project with another school from the hellenic town Katerini, with which there will be a cultural exchange.


The high school Elexalde from Galdakao has been one of the two schools from the Basque Country selected to carry out an Erasmus + project. In particular, it is going to strengthen ties with a secondary high school from the Greek town Katerini, a town approximately an hour from Thessaloniki. An initiative which responds to the title " Discover and share your identity mark" which will bring an exchange between Basque and hellenic students.
All started at the end of February,  when Elexalde decided to present an Erasmus + project." We see the necessity to internasionalise the school and the Latin teacher knew another school in Greece, so we started the contact" explains Gemma Gutiérrez one of the responsible of the project from Elexalde. Some weeks later, in August, they received the positive result,so they started the preparations.
It is a project which deals with some aspects related to the cultural, architectural, natural historical and maritime heritage about the hellenic and Basque cultures.
"As it is the Year of the European heritage, the main objective of this enriching project is to make  students aware about their own cultural heritage, discover Katerini heritage ( Greece) , reflect on both and share it with a respectful and tolerance mind" points out Mrs Gutierrez.
It will take place during two years, considering this school year 2019-2020 and it is aimed at students who are in 3 DBH.
First contacts

The first approaches or mobilities as they are named in the project, have materialised.
Gemma Gutierrez and her colleague Iratxe Cuñado travelled to Katerini in October " We went to train ourselves in the platform we will use to disseminate the project eTwinning , to know the Greek educational system and to know the people who will participate" explain " We have also exchanged Good Practice" adds Gemma Gutiérrez .In May hellenic teachers will return the visit " they will come to Elexalde , and then we will train in assessment tools and disseminate the project and they will also know our students" announces the Basque project initiatives.
For next school year, the two students' events led by students will take place,  which will be full of activities " In March 2020 15 students from Elexalde will go to Katerini where they will work different aspects of the project visiting places around the area related to the heritage" describes. Among them, for example the slopes of Mount Olympus.
Two months later, in May, the Greek students will visit us" We will have to organise the activities and we have already designed some of them " For example and considering the importance of rural sport, we will organise a sport competition. In Greece  the students from Galdakao will be challenged with ancient sports.Not without reason, those have the honour to host the first Olympic Games in the history.
There will be much more" In the natural heritage , we will bring them to Urdaibai, in the cultural we will visit Guggenheim and we will also go to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe or the Old Part of Bilbao. Precisely, in Bilbao we will  explain to them the transfomation  
 of the city through the river" describes Gemma Gutiérrez. We will also have time to talk about Greek and Basque mythology or taste the best food of each place." We will see Greek recipes and we will teach them Basque ones and we will organise a type of Masterchef" announces .They won't forget to dance, so the Basque dances and the Greek ones will be protagonists.
All of it has been possible due to the collaboration of some departments  of  Elexalde high school.   ." Apart from the English department, the main teachers from other subjects take also part: Art,Music, Basque, Language, Physical Education , History and Science" point out.
Precisely , Shakaspeare language has an important role in Erasmus +" Although we will learn some words in Greek and they will learn some words in Basque comunication between students will be in English, so it will be very important the improvement in this field"celebrate.


As our next subject is the language as a cultural heritage and today we celebrate a special day for our language. We would like you to know a bit about our language:
The International Day of the Basque Language (one of the few surviving pre-Indo-European languages) is celebrated on December 3.
Basque Language Day was instituted in 1948 by the Society for Basque Studies. December 3 was chosen to honor Saint Francis Xavier, whose feast day is celebrated on this date. St. Francis Xavier was a Roman Catholic missionary from Navarre. According to legend, his last words before passing away were in Basque, as it was Xavier's mother tongue.
This year a project called Euskaraldia has been promoted by several associations dedicated to the promotion of Euskara ( Basque Language) that for 11 days will invite participants to take the role of Ahobizi or Belarriprest. Ahobizi are those people who speak in Basque with everyone who understands the language and speak to strangers using, at least, the first word in Basque. On the other hand, Belarriprest are those people who at least understand Basque and who invite the rest to address them in this language.
Elexalde bhi takes part in the celebrations of both the International Day of the Basque Language and Euskaraldia.

We will soon teach you a few words in Basque, every week oneon Instagram!!!! 


On 28th November 2018 the presentation of 2019-20 Erasmus+ projects took place in Donosti.
The coordinator Gemma Gutierrez took part in it as speaker, answering some questions asked by Conchi Bergera  and Octavio Martinez ( from Sepie National Agency). The questions were related to the presentation of the project, the choice of partner, the reason of presenting the project, the implication of the school management staff, the impact of the project and its sustainability. She animated the attendants to participate in Erasmus+.
While she was talking, the project was on a screen so that the attendants could see what it is about. They were also informed where they could also consult the project in detail, in case they will be interested.
It has been a very good opportunity to disseminate the project to the Basque school community as well as share experiences which has been a big support to continue working and be of help for newcomers as we were last year.


It has been the first time for all of us on the radio, so we have felt a mixture of emotion, anxiety and nervousness. Students are excited about it. We don't  know what to expect!

Today we have been interviewed on the radio" Bizkaia Irratia". The coordinator Gemma Gutierrez and three students Mei Torres, Ane Aguirre and Ibon Fernandez from the project Erasmus+ have been asked about the project " Discover and share your identity mark"

The first question has been about Erasmus+. They knew about Erasmus at university, but they didn't know that there was an Erasmus + at schools. The coordinator Gemma Gutiérrez has explained how two or more European schools decide to present a project and then, there is some criteria to decide which project will be chosen and how our project was selected and the decision of working on Basque and Greek heritage.

They have also wanted to know why our choice was Greece and Gemma has explained that the Latin teacher knew a school in Greece which was interested in taking part in it so we presented the project together.

They have also been interested about the mobilities the project includes. First, I have explained the teachers' mobilities and then the students' ones. I have described the purpose of our visit to Greece and what Greek teachers will do in our school. I have also pointed out the importance of students' implications in the project.

Besides, they have asked us about the activities we have been done and our students have explained to them the logo competition, the Basque sports activities and have insisted that we are at the beginning of the project and there will be more activities to be carried out.

They have wanted to know what our students knew about Katerini and Greece and they have told them that Katerini is in Mount Olympus and have said a few words they have learnt in Greek.

We have promised them that we will come back after the students' mobilities and at the  end of the project.

Here our students  comments on it.

"It has been very funny and I won't forget easily and a good opportunity to talk about the project"
"At the beginning I was very nervous but then I like it , it has been a good opporty to talk about the project"
"Very good experience and besides, I have said a few words in Greek"